Armstrong Leigh Debut New Song, Play Arlyn Studios in August

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The story of Armstrong Leigh is still being written, but it’s quickly becoming an action-packed adventure. In less than a year since officially joining forces, the Austin-based duo of Michelle Armstrong and Cristopher Leigh has won over audiences with appearances across Texas and beyond. Having already completed residencies at Holy Mountain and Lamberts, showcasing at SXSW, and performing in support of Albert Hammond Jr. (The Strokes) and Vance Joy, the band has just released their debut single, “My Body”. Watch and listen below:

 

Cristopher Leigh (formerly of Electric Touch) and Michelle Armstrong met years ago while sharing the stage as members of different bands, but it wouldn’t be until one fateful show that the two would bond over a mutual adoration for melodic rock. Now, having made the legendary Arlyn Studios their recording home, the Armstrong Leigh sound is truly starting to find its groove. The two work well together, as the powerful, yet sensual qualities of Michelle’s vocal performance create a hypnotic effect when coupled with Christopher’s signature guitar hooks.

Armstrong Leigh is heading back to Arlyn Studios in August to record a complete EP, and will be heading out to support the release around the US (and in Austin) this fall. Keep an eye and ear open, as Armstrong Leigh will likely be storming a scene near you. You can give them a follow on Spotify, Facebook, Twitter, and at armstrongleigh.com.

 

TOMORROW: The Wine Down at ACL Live – Feat. Sour Bridges and Bites by Número 28

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is back this week at one of the best venues in Austin, ACL Live. This free summer concert series is presented by MARK WEST WINES and returning supporter 2ND Street District, benefiting the Austin Music Foundation. Moving to Tuesday nights, this year’s The Wine Down series will remain indoors on the air-conditioned concert floor to cool down the hot summer evenings.

Sour Bridges will be taking the stage this week. Self-dubbed browngrass – think bluegrass on steroids – Sour Bridges is inspired by greats like Gram Parsons, The Band and The Byrds. Their sound starts with a steady drumbeat, layers on bluegrass instrumentation – banjo, guitar, bass, and fiddle – and tops it off with electric guitar, keys, and impressive harmonies.

Bites this week will be provided by Número 28 Pizzeria & Vineria, a go-to Italian restaurant that offers wood-fired pizza, fresh pasta, incredible gelato and much more. This is probably the best thing you’ll do all Tuesday. Bring your friends and escape the heat at The Wine Down. Get more info here!

ABOUT THE WINE DOWN:

This free summer concert series is presented by MARK WEST WINES and returning supporter 2ND Street District, benefiting the Austin Music Foundation. Moving to Tuesday nights, this year’s The Wine Down series will remain indoors on the air-conditioned concert floor to cool down the hot summer evenings. The popular music series has become an anchor to driving people downtown to experience lively nights of shopping, eating, and strolling down the 2ND Street corridor.

Red Bull Sound Select w/ JEFF the Brotherhood, Mirror Travel & Novosti at Empire Control Room & Garage.

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Red Bull Sound Select is going down once again this Friday at Empire! RBSS is pretty much the best thing ever. Once a month Red Bull puts together a great show with hot emerging artists at a crazy low price. Even cooler, all the proceeds go to the artists! Tickets are only $3 when you RSVP at Do512. This time around they’re featuring Jeff the Brotherhood and showcasing Mirror Travel & Novosti.

 

Jeff the Brotherhood is Jamin and Jake Orrall, a psychedelic-garage-rock-punk duo from Nashville, TN. Not only do they run their own record label, Infinity Cat Records, but they have one of the most intense touring schedules of any band out there. They’ve been on the go nearly 10 years straight and played over 400 shows in the last two years alone! Jeff the Brotherhood was featured in Red Bull’s Sound & Vision short film documentary series (check it out here!). We also had the privilege of having them play in our lounge during SXSW. Check it out.

Joining them is Novosti, from Portland, and Austin’s own Mirror Travel. This female-fronted psych rock band rose from the ashes of Follow That Bird, who were picked by Matador Records to be the lead single on the 2010 Austin-only compilation Casual Victim Pile. Comprised of Lauren Green (guitar/vocals), Tiffanie Lanmon (drums) and Paul Brinkley (bass/vocals), Mirror Travel’s dreamy garage pop sound debuted on their album Mexico in 2013 via Modern Outsider Records. Hilariously described by Esquire as “like Neil Young playing live from the bottom of a well.”

So there it is. A stacked lineup for practically free (only 3 freakin dollars) at Empire Control Room & Garage. See you there!

5th Annual JerryFest at Threadgill’s | July 31 – August 1st | Featuring Deadeye

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Deadheads and all other fanatics of 1960’s blues and jam bands, mark your calendars for Friday, July 31st — you won’t want to miss this. A two-day conglomerate of musicians, fans and many others will be gathering and paying homage to the Grateful Dead and singer/songwriter Jerry Garcia at Threadgill’s South.

Grateful Dead tribute band and local heros, Deadeye, will be filling the night with the amazing jam tunes you love. Starting off day one on Friday, July 31st will be a Jerry Garcia Band performance, followed by a long Greateful Dead tribute concert. Saturday, August 1st (which is Jerry Garcia’s birthday btw), begins with an acoustic set, followed by full-on electric tunes.

For those of you who might not have grown up loving the serene blues/folk/rock tunes of the Grateful Dead, now’s your chance to really check it out. The Grateful Dead began with Jerry Garcia in Palo Alto, California in 1965. With their well executed and diverse sound, the band quickly became the pioneers of the “jam band,” inspiring thousands of singer/songwriters and early musicians to reach boundaries in music not yet explored.

This annual celebration for the gods of jam bands proves to always be a great time. If you want a night of singing, light dancing and awesome tunes that made history, head out to Threadgill’s South on Friday, July 31st. For the awesome two-day celebration that this is, tickets are very affordable and still on sale, so grab them soon!

Do512 Restaurant of the Week: Piranha Killer Sushi

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As the thermometer has started creeping its way towards the triple digits, we here at Do512 have made a conscious effort to lighten our plates to help cool down this summer. To be honest, we have gone on a bit of a sushi bender (one of our favorite kind of benders!), seeking out the best fresh fish that Austin has to offer. We were blown away by the flavorful and creative menu at Piranha Killer Sushi on San Jacinto and are psyched to name them this week’s Do512 Restaurant of the Week!

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Opened in 2009, Piranha Killer Sushi has been serving up a twist on classic Japanese cuisine by fusing flavors of the Pacific Asian Rim. Tired of cream cheese-laden, Japa-Mex sushi monotony, so often found around town? Their Chef’s Menu is where it’s at. Changing every 3 months to stay seasonal, this menu highlights the talents of their very gifted team of chefs, led by Head Chef Chris Hyunh. The current iteration is a lighter selection, perfect for the summer. Each of their 6 locations deliver a different chef’s menu, highlighting the skills of each team. Top to bottom, we unabashedly believe that Austin’s menu is the best! No bias here 😉 We couldn’t wait to see what the chefs could cook up.

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A popular menu item at Izakayas around Japan, the ‘Agadashi Tofu’ was a great starter. Soft tofu is coated with potato starch and deep fried so that the outer shell is crispy, and served with dashi broth, bonito, and spicy daikon oroshi. Crispy, fresh and slightly smoky, man did they start of strong with this one. And they never looked back….

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Agadashi Tofu

The two raw fish preparations were stunners; both bursting with intense flavor, yet letting the fishes shine through. The ‘Hama Zuki’ topped Hamachi sashimi with spicy garlic chili oil, cilantro, and a bright white soy mustard vinaigrette. The ‘Bonito Tataki’ took a beautiful piece of bonito and was ever-so-lightly using the Japanese “tataki” method, searing the loin very briefly over a hot flame, and garnishing it with a ginger green onion mix, crispy garlic, and soy dashi.

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Hama Zuki

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Bonito Taki

For an entrée, the ‘Tako Supreme’ is not to be missed. No, this isn’t a crunchy ground beef taco from TBell you’ve come to know, this supreme dish pairs tender slices of Octopus (Tako) with butter, garlic, parsley, cucumber, a splash of lime and habanero tobiko. Even with the unique toppings, this dish is eerily reminiscent of a classic scampi dish… with a sneaky kick from the flying fish roe. ‘Banana Spring Roll ala mode’ served with green tea and red bean ice creams was a sinful way to end the meal, pairing nicely with the ‘Seattle Bean’, Three Olives espresso vodka, cream and coffee liqueurs, and a splash of cream, one of their martini selections.

 

 

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Tako Supreme

 

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Banana Spring Roll A La Mode

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Want to check out more of their martini offerings? Piranha Killer Sushi has one of the best happy hours in town. Try their fantastic ‘Lychee Martini’ with a couple plates of ‘Salmon Ceviche’ with jalapeno, cilantro and mango or ‘Pork and Vegetable Dumplings’ served with a spicy orange marmalade. This great deal also bargains $2.50 domestics, $3.00 sake bombs and pieces of select sushi and sashimi for under $2! Check it out Monday-Thursday from 4-7, Sunday 12-5 and on Friday-Saturday in the last hour of business.

With the flavors and creativity brought to the table by Piranha Killer Sushi’s chefs, this is our kind of place. Check them out on their Facebook or website and make sure to sign up for their Sushi Newsletter to cop a free T.

Enter to win a $30 gift card to Piranha Killer Sushi at Do512, and get a chance to try this awesomely fresh Chef’s Menu for yourself!

— Contributed by Drew Nordstrom —